by Sue Hodgson –

There’s nothing like spring on the Saanich Peninsula. As greens and colourful flowers are starting to pop up everywhere, it really does feel like new beginnings are just around the corner.

You might also notice that we have a new look to our First and Last Word columns. It was an idea that originated from one of our readers. It’s wonderful to see how engaged our community is, when readers are taking the time to not only comment on what they love about the magazine, but are also suggesting ideas like getting styled by our local fashion favourites. In this issue, we are so thankful that Devon Bird at MODEN Boutique agreed to style us for a new look. And as we move through the seasons this year, watch to see who else might share their style with us!

Although we’re still fighting our way through the current situation, we have plenty to read, view and events to join in with. Our usual suspects are contributing to this issue, with cover inspiration from Joan Saunders’ column, From the Kitchen (pg 16); Lara Gladych explores a deep spring cleaning (pg 30); Tracey Jones demonstrates home decor in a new “3 ways” feature (pg 10); and Janis Jean photographs Stacey Toews, co-owner of Level Ground Trading for our In Fashion column (pg 43). These are just a few of many spring’y features this month.

Being part of this community is always a joy. It’s such a pleasure to bring you snippets of our area in every issue and we hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoy finding out about everyone and everything! And keep sending us your letters and ideas, we love reading them!

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